How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Lyra’s Oxford Philip Pullman published his trilogy, His Dark Materials in 1995.  The three main books in the series included: Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in the U.S.) The Amber Spyglass The Subtle Knife Lyra’s Oxford is a companion novel to the set, along with Once Upon a Time in the North. When I was … Continue reading How One Children’s Fantasy Book Inspired Me to Rethink My Artistic Process…

Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

On Saturday morning, I woke up at 5 a.m. and groggily prepared myself for six hours of writing. Fueled with two large coffees, and ready for anything, I opened my laptop, sat down, and produced 6,000 words (4,500 of which I'm willing to keep). By lunch, I was running around my apartment, sharing my happiness … Continue reading Why I wrote for six hours on Saturday and will definitely do it again!

My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

For another monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as  "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..."  If you're interested in … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR – October 23rd, 2017

YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

  In an earlier post this Monday, I previewed three books: Pax by Sarah Pennypacker, Ghost by Jason Reynolds, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman for IMWAYR. For this week's YA Friday, I'd like to keep the tradition of previewing a book I have read, one book that I'm partway through, as well as one … Continue reading YA FRIDAY: 3 Books to Add to Your Shelf

#FantasyFansUnited – Want your audience to grow? Fantasy Fiction Friday # 1

Fantasy Fiction Fridays: #FantasyFansUnited I know this is published early, but after this week's coffee question and a responses from WordPress bloggers and Instagram users, I couldn't help myself. Paper Palaces will provide a place for Fantasy Fans on WordPress and other platforms to unite, including writers, authors, artists, and other enthusiasts of fantasy fiction, … Continue reading #FantasyFansUnited – Want your audience to grow? Fantasy Fiction Friday # 1

My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR

This Monday, I've decided to participate in It's Monday! What are you reading?, which I found through Jen Vincent's Blog TeachMentorTexts.com, and Kellee's Unleashing Readers. Jen has children's literature as the subject for these posts, which she has defined as  "picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, anything in the world of kidlit..." Since I tend to … Continue reading My Reading Week: It’s Monday, What are you reading? #IMWAYR

Fantasy Fans United

Knowing that there is a wealth of people interested in fantasy fiction, world building, swords and sorcery, magic, and medieval-inspired stories and novels, we couldn't help but pose this question this week. If you like to read or write fantasy fiction, like this post, and comment!

Why should writers study horror?

Intelligent conversations about horror are happening daily, but who's hearing them? Despite the large number of horror aficionados in the world, many readers and writers have steered away from works of horror without fully engaging the genre as a whole. Putting aside your genre-preferences, all writers should spend a little time unpacking works of horror … Continue reading Why should writers study horror?

Worldbuilding Tips: Five Useful Articles on Creating a Fictional World

I won't pretend that I'm the master of worldbuilding, but I will say that I am proud of the world that I built for my novel series A Thousand Watchful Eyes.  For my current novel, The Witch's Uprising, I've made several revisions to the world of Brylennia, ensuring that my fantasy world is both beautiful and believable.  … Continue reading Worldbuilding Tips: Five Useful Articles on Creating a Fictional World

The Witch’s Uprising – Making Noteworthy Titles for Young Adult Novels and Middle Grade Lit

While working on a novel is the thrilling, the process is often fraught with little challenges. For example, finding the correct title for the book, section titles for the book's major divisions, or the simply picking names for each character and town are often difficult tasks. Rushing the process is never a good idea; however, … Continue reading The Witch’s Uprising – Making Noteworthy Titles for Young Adult Novels and Middle Grade Lit